2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 8–9, 2014
Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov., 9, 2014 - 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days
Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free!

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The seventh annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival takes ace Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov., 9, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. both days in Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is free. Once again, we present the finest collection of traditional and contemporary New Orleans brass band jazz to be found anywhere on the planet.

We'll also feature a huge smorgasbord of New Orleans' signuature dish - gumbo, in a variety of styles - along with our second annual Vegan Gumbo Contest. 

And don't miss our first-ever BRASS MENAGERIE second-line parade, followed by the first annual BRASS BALL fundraising party for radio station WWOZ. Both happen after the festival on the night of Saturday, Nov. 8. For details, see here.

This year, we're merging the Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops. For the full schedule of kids activities, please see here. Parents, take note: The Kids Area also will have enclosed areas for diaper-changing and nursing. 

And don't miss two special performances by two of the student bands that were audience favorites at our annual Class Got Brass competition in March, the St. Augustine High School Brass Band and the Edna Karr High School Brass Band.

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 8
11:00 am to 12:15 pm        Red Wolf Brass Band
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm         Treme Brass Band
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm           Brass-A-Holics
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm           Hot 8 Brass Band
4:15 pm to 5:30 pm           Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm           The Stooges Brass Band

Sunday, Nov. 9
11:00 am to 11:45 pm        Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band
12:30 pm to 1:45 pm         Ecrib Müller's Twisted Dixie (featuring Brice Miller)
1:45 pm to 2:15 pm           Class Got Brass Winner: Edna Karr High School Brass Band
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm           Pinettes Brass Band
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm           Second Line Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Club
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm           Class Got Brass winner: St. Augustine High School Brass Band
4:15 pm to 5:15 pm            To Be Continued Brass Band
5:30 pm to 5:45 pm           Vegan Gumbo Winners Announcement
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm           Soul Rebels

Stay tuned for full details about our food vendors, Arts Market vendors and the Vegan Gumbo Contest.

As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings. For the complete list of Arts Market vendors, please see here. And for a peek at some of what will be on offer, check out this slide show:

No, we’re not serving only vegan gumbo. If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from po-boys to shrimp ‘n’ grits – then come hungry. See the complete list of food vendors and menus here.

Vegan gumbo? Have we lost our minds?

Well, maybe. But let's face it: New Orleans cooking may be famous around the world, but it's not exactly known for being the most healthful. And it's been well-documented that large segments of our population - especially in the African-American community - suffer from conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and lactose intolerance (which reportedly affects some 75 percent of African-Americans) that can be reduced with a healthier diet.

So to bring more attention to the benefits of healthy eating, we’ve organized a Vegan Gumbo Contest in collaboration with our friends at the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and PETA. We did this for the first time last year, and it was such a huge success that we're doing it again.

Vegan cooking basically means no animal products. So, no meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, butter, milk, cream… you get the idea. Not in the stock, not in the roux, not in the pot.

Some of our chefs may go even further and make their dishes gluten-free, by avoiding any wheat products such as wheat-based flour.

All our chef's sign a pledge that their dishes are 100% vegan. You can watch them cook at the festival. And we've collected their recipes, which are online here.

Here’s how our Vegan Gumbo Contest works: All of our food vendors will offer their own unique vegan versions of gumbo. Tasting portions (six ounces) will be available for $3, along with regular portions (12 ounces) for $6-$9. We invite everyone to try as many as you can. We’ll provide ballot cards, and the audience will be invited to vote for their favorites. We’ll start counting the ballots at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, and will announce the winners shortly after.

For you meat lovers, don’t freak out. All of our vendors will also have plenty of non-vegan gumbo, loaded with shrimp, chicken, sausage, Andouille and all the other stuff we love here in south Louisiana.

The ballots are in! Here are the results from the audience vote for best vegan gumbo. Our top three winners we receive gift certificates to the Restaurant Depot:

1 Brocato's Eat Dat Catering  59
2 Café Carmo 44
3 Li'l Dizzy's Café 34
   Miss Linda's Soul Food 30
   Praline Connection 28
   Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club 17
   Woody's Fish Tacos 13
   Dreamy Weenies 10
   Palmer's Jamaican  Cuisine 4
   New Orleans' Original Po-Boys 2
Total Votes 241

Parking is free all weekend in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via Basin Street.

Admission to the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is free. But we will have donation boxes set up at most of the park entrances. If you want to help us keep our events free, please support us with the donation of your choice. Thank you.

Like all of our events, the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted.

We realize that Armstrong Park is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home (except for service animals, of course). Thank you.

Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.

This year we are ramping up our Kids Area with lots of new activities, games and entertainment for the young ones. For the details and descriptions of all the activities, see here.

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Kids’ Art Activities Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 8
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Nature Collage Card and Animal Leaf Rubbings with Margaret Tillman Ayres
12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.      Silk screening workshop with the New Orleans Community Print Shop
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.        Stitching Time with Annie O’dell
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.        Silk screening workshop with the New Orleans Community Print Shop
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Creating Rhythm Shakers with Jo Brown
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.        Silk screening workshop with the New Orleans Community Print Shop
Sunday, Nov. 9
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    Printmaking with the holy trinity of gumbo cooking with Heather MacFarlane
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.       Rubber band loom bracelets with Roycelyn DeQuair
2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.       Gris-Gris on a Stick with Christy Works-Boutte
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Gator Castanets with Margaret Tillman Ayres
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.       Make your own earrings with Chris DesJardins

And new this year, we'll have private areas for baby changing and nursing.


Click the links below to download documents.

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival ARTS MARKET VENDORS

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival FOOD VENDORS AND MENUS

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival KIDS ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival VEGAN GUMBO RECIPES

2014 Vegan Gumbo Contest Voting Results

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2014 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.